PATRICK-MURRAY ADMINISTRATION HONORS MASSACHUSETTS GOLD STAR WIVES
BOSTON – Thursday, April 26, 2012 – Governor Deval Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray today met with members of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Gold Star Wives to honor their work supporting veterans and their families across the Commonwealth.
Governor Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Murray honor the Massachusetts Chapter of the Gold Star Wives. (Photo credit: Eric Haynes / Governor’s Press Office). View full size photo.
“It's an honor for me to acknowledge the Massachusetts Gold Star Wives for their steadfast dedication to veterans and their families,” said Governor Patrick. “What a difference their service makes to military families and their example makes to us all.”
“Massachusetts is proud to honor our military servicemen and women who have sacrificed their lives to defend our country and protect our freedom,” said Lieutenant Governor Murray. “The Massachusetts Gold Star Wives have experienced great loss, but through their dedication we are all able to carry out the legacy of our brave soldiers and further support Massachusetts veterans and military families.
Gold Star Wives of America, Inc. is an organization of widows and widowers whose spouses died while on active duty in the military services or as the result of a military service connected cause. The primary mission of Gold Star Wives is to provide service, support and friendship to the widows and widowers of military personnel.
The Gold Star Wives has approximately 10,000 members nationwide, with 53 chapters in 26 states. There are four Massachusetts chapters of the Gold Star Wives which include: the Greater Boston Chapter, the Patriot Chapter based in Chicopee, the Lowell Chapter and the New Bedford Chapter.